July 5, 2009 – NHL News and Rumors Roundup

Clerical error could cost Hawks

Quick tidbit on Alex Tanguay

Whither Sundin? Friday’s signing may mean there’s no more room last season’s prized free-agent acquisitonClerical error could cost Hawks

The Blackhawks are being investigated by the NHL and the players association about whether they properly filed qualifying offers to their restricted free agents, according to Canadian sports Web site TSN.

The league could rule the qualifying offers invalid, making players such as winger Kris Versteeg and defenseman Cam Barker unrestricted free agents and forcing the Hawks to pay much more to retain them. By making qualifying offers to restricted free agents, teams give themselves the right to match offers from other teams.

The team also tendered offers to wingers Troy Brouwer and Ben Eager, center Colin Fraser and defenseman Aaron Johnson.

At issue is whether the Hawks notified the players of the offers. General manager Dale Tallon told TSN he believed the offers were sent in time but might not have been received in time because of the July 1 holiday in Canada. Hawks management reportedly said it followed protocol and does not expect to be penalized.


Quick tidbit on Alex Tanguay

Adrian Dater

By the way, there has been a report that Alex Tanguay will re-sign with the Avalanche to replace Smyth. That will NOT happen. Tanguay is not coming back to the Avalanche, period.

My sources tell me Tanguay could be signing with the Phoenix Coyotes. But that is not a done deal at this point.


Whither Sundin? Friday’s signing may mean there’s no more room last season’s prized free-agent acquisiton

Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun

If Mats Sundin decides one day he wants to play for the Vancouver Canucks again, the Canucks may no longer have room for him at the dinner table.

Mikael Samuelsson’s signing Friday — three years at $2.5 million US per season — fills the bill for a right-shot, top-six veteran forward and leaves little salary cap room for another large contract.

The Samuelsson deals brings the Canucks’ 2009-10 payroll to $49.5 million for 18 players and does not include a backup goalie, restricted free agents Kyle Wellwood and Shane O’Brien, another third-pairing defenceman or prize rookie Cody Hodgson.

The salary cap for 2009-10 is $56.8 million.

Canucks assistant GM Lorne Henning wouldn’t concede Friday that Samuelsson’s signing eliminates any possible spot for Sundin.